[caption id="attachment_21378" align="aligncenter" width="441"] Bruce Kluckhohn / US Presswire[/caption] It seems like only a few weeks ago we were just sitting down to watch preseason football, and yet here we now find ourselves just shy of the mid-point of the 2012 regular season. Time certainly does fly. We saw some great individual plays this week, such as Colts RB Vick Ballard air-twisting his way into the endzone, and 49ers Safety Dashon Goldson absolutely crushing Cardinals WR Early Doucet (even as a Cardinals fan, it’s hard not to enjoy watching it somewhat). But enough about those guys, our Player of the Week is…
Doug MartinRunning Back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. DOB: 13 January, 1989 (23 years old) College: Boise State Height: 5’9 (1.71m) Weight: 101kg NFL Draft: 31st overall selection, 2012 NFL Draft Career Games: 7 games. Week 8 Stats: at Minnesota Vikings - Rushing: 29 Carries, 135 Yards 4.7 yard average, 1 TD - Receiving: 3 receptions, 79 yards, 1TD Career Stats: 129 Carries, 543 yards, 4.2 yard average; 16 catches, 224 yards; 4 total TDs
Why He Won Player of the Week (Week 8)The Rookie Running Back out of Boise State has shown some promise over the start of the season, and boy did he show up in Primetime on Thursday Night Football. With the 2-4 Buccaneers going up against the 5-2 Vikings in Minnesota, the odds were against them, but you could tell that Martin was in for a big night when he ripped off a 41 yard run on only his second touch of the game, against what was a top five run defence (yards per attempt) heading into the contest. He didn't lose any momentum there, oh no. In fact, he casually compiled over 100 rushing yards in the first half alone, including another four carries of 8+ yards. It took until the first drive of the second half for Martin to find the end zone, when he took a short screen pass out to the left and, with some good blocking and a nice stiff arm on DT Letroy Guion, exploded up the sideline for a 64 yard Touchdown. He again found paydirt in the 4th quarter, with a one yard Touchdown run to put the Bucs up 36-17, and effectively ice the game. With 214 total yards and two Touchdowns, Martin is beginning to show he has the ability to be a workhorse back in Greg Schiano’s scheme, and be a focal point of an offence that, up until this game, had been averaging less than four yards per run overall. And the kid sure can accelerate up field. Sheesh…
Facts and Figures
- In his career at Boise State, he surpassed 100 yards rushing 17 times, and had 14 Multi-touchdown games.
- Martin’s 216 yards from scrimmage marked the first time a Buccaneers player has surpassed 200 yards since RB Warrick Dunn put up 221 in 2000.
- At the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, he did 28 reps of the 225lb (102kg) Bench Press, tied for most among the Running Backs of his class (with Seahawks RB Robert Turbin).
- His College team-mates nicknamed him the “Muscle Hamster”, due to him being a small guy with a big stature.
- He describes himself as a “tech-freak”, and admits he used to ride an electric skateboard around his college campus.
What He Said
“It was pretty fun. I’m not going to lie.” – Doug Martin
What They Said
Another TD for Doug Martin. Dude is beasting tonight! — Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) October 26, 2012
Each time Doug Martin touches the ball tonight, it looks like there's just a giant magnet attached to the goal post pulling him toward it. — Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) October 26, 2012
Doug Martin is often compared to Ray Rice, right? 2 NFL players with at least 500 rushing yards & at least 200 rec. yards: M& at least 200 rec. yards: Martin & Rice. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) October 29, 2012